Centreville–Fentress Historic District

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The Centreville-Fentress Historic District encompasses an area of 257 acres on a historic land route between Norfolk and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It features 24 contributing and 33 noncontributing resources. In the 1880s, the railroad, along with a new connecting road to the nearby Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, contributed to the prosperity of the community. Parcels of farmland where sold around the crossroads area where the railroad and major transportation routes converged to form a small community core consisting primarily of vernacular versions of Colonial Revival and Craftsman houses. Fifty years later, as the railroad industry declined, the community suffered as well.  The Centreville–Fentress Historic District is now within the boundaries of the city of Chesapeake.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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Cornland School

Chesapeake (Ind. City)


Old Portlock School #5

Chesapeake (Ind. City)


Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal Historic District

Chesapeake (Ind. City)